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Digital Converter Box Coupon Site

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by magnus, Jan 1, 2008.

When more information is available.... which box would you choose?

  1. DigitalSTREAM D2A1D10/D2A1D20

    10 vote(s)
    9.3%
  2. Zenith DTT900

    45 vote(s)
    42.1%
  3. Magnavox TB100MW9

    10 vote(s)
    9.3%
  4. Philco TB150HH9

    3 vote(s)
    2.8%
  5. MicroGEM MG2000

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  6. Sansonic FT300RT

    4 vote(s)
    3.7%
  7. MaxMedia MMDTVB03

    2 vote(s)
    1.9%
  8. Apex DT1001

    3 vote(s)
    2.8%
  9. ECHOSTAR TR-40

    35 vote(s)
    32.7%
  10. AMTC AT-2016

    1 vote(s)
    0.9%
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  1. Jan 1, 2008 #1 of 468
    magnus

    magnus Tivo User

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    Happy New Year Everyone!!!

    The web site to get coupons for Digital Converter Boxes is now accepting applications for coupons.

    For those of you wondering how your Series 2 (or Series 1) Tivo is going to be able to receive OTA after February 17, 2009.... this is the most likely answer.

    The next step will be for Tivo to provide support for these types of boxes.


    https://www.dtv2009.gov/
     
  2. Jan 1, 2008 #2 of 468
    Seattle

    Seattle Active Member

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    Thanks for the link! For some reason it did not work with Safari so I had to use IE and then it worked.
     
  3. Jan 1, 2008 #3 of 468
    renkablue

    renkablue New Member

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    I had trouble on the website "sorry for the inconvenience" - So I am not registered yet.
     
  4. Jan 1, 2008 #4 of 468
    wmcbrine

    wmcbrine Ziphead

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    My understanding is that the coupons will expire after a few months (three?), and you won't be able to get replacements. So, I would avoid ordering them until eligible receivers are being sold.
     
  5. Jan 1, 2008 #5 of 468
    riffjim4069

    riffjim4069 New Member

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    Same problem here...tried it from both work and home.
     
  6. Jan 1, 2008 #6 of 468
    jrm01

    jrm01 New Member

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    The coupons do expire after 3 months, and the approved boxes is a short list right now. I'd suggest waiting until Fall 2008 to make a decision. Who knows, maybe Tivo can convince the gov that the Tivo HD is a digital converter box.
     
  7. Jan 1, 2008 #7 of 468
    Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

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    An interesting quandry, then, as there is, I understand, a limited "inventory" of coupons:

    There are 22.25 million coupons available to all U.S. households. Once those coupons have been used, there are an additional 11.25 million coupons available only to households that solely receive their TV broadcasts over-the-air using an antenna. Households with TVs connected to cable, satellite or other pay TV service are not eligible for this second batch of coupons. Consumers can apply for coupons until March 31, 2009, or until the funds are exhausted.
     
  8. Jan 1, 2008 #8 of 468
    vman41

    vman41 Omega Consumer

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    Won't happen. Any box that outputs anything besides RF, composite, or S-video is not eligible for the coupon program. It's only to assist people watching TVs on old analog sets.
     
  9. Jan 1, 2008 #9 of 468
    magnus

    magnus Tivo User

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    A lot of the questions like these are answered at the link below.

    Consumers who apply at the beginning or 2008 will receive their coupons when TV converter boxes are expected to be available in retail stores, probably in late February or early March.

    https://www.dtv2009.gov/FAQ.aspx


     
  10. Jan 1, 2008 #10 of 468
    magnus

    magnus Tivo User

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    It looks like it has something to do with the site... more than the browser itself. I tried applying for my sister on Safari, Firefox, and Camino... none of which worked. However, Firefox had worked at 2AM for me to apply for my coupons.

     
  11. Jan 1, 2008 #11 of 468
    Whittaker

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    Well, things are looking up.

    The MSRP on some of these units is only $69.99, so minus the coupon it would be $30, and nobody will be selling at MSRP, so likely only $20.

    Digital STREAM D2A1D10
    Digital STREAM D2A1D20
    Zenith DTT900
    Magnavox TB100MW9
    Philco TB150HH9
    MicroGEM MG2000
    Sansonic FT300RT
    MaxMedia MMDTVB03
    Apex DT1001
    ECHOSTAR TR-40
    AMTC AT-2016

    Now if we can only get TiVo to cooperate so that the proper program info lines up.
     
  12. Jan 1, 2008 #12 of 468
    magnus

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    I added a poll to this thread. Once more information is available.... I'm curious to know which box others think is the best value/has best features.

     
  13. Jan 1, 2008 #13 of 468
    gastrof

    gastrof Hubcaps r in fashion

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    Just a thought here, from the mouth of one of the engineers at a local TV station-

    Just because a station is using a certain channel to broadcast their digital channel NOW, that doesn't mean they'll continue using that channel once things change over.

    For example, say in your area your NBC affiliate is channel 5, and their digital broadcast is on channel 22. On a digital tuner it shows up as channel 5, because that's their "brand name" (his words, not mine). It's actually channel 22, but they've stamped it so people will identify it with the long-known analog channel.

    Come the changeover, there's no rule that says they have to give up the ANALOG channel, however, and stick to the existing digital one.

    They could very well switch their digital broadcast over to channel 5, and give up channel 22.

    This might make a lot of sense, since they'd still be calling themself "channel 5". It'd be a "throwback" situation if they kept using that "brand name", but now had NOTHING to do with the actual channel 5, and if a channel has been on the air for a very long time, I can't see them suddenly starting to call themselves "channel 22".

    Set top boxes that are all set up to work on the current digital broadcasts might every well have to go thru setup all over again, antenna positions might have to be figured out all over again, etc. :eek:

    From the mouth of an engineer at one of our local stations.
     
  14. Jan 1, 2008 #14 of 468
    scandia101

    scandia101 Just the facts ma'am

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    MN, greater...
    I'll be waiting for more information before I choose.
     
  15. Jan 1, 2008 #15 of 468
    Whittaker

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    Looks like at least some of the units (if not all) will be utilizing LG's new 6th generation chip.
     
  16. Jan 1, 2008 #16 of 468
    mattack

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    I think you are partially right -- I do believe that the current digital channels are temporary assignments.

    But I don't think that the station can switch their digital channel back to the spectrum covered by the existing channel 5... because that's the main thrust of this changeover -- to get stations off of the old spectrum so that it can be resold for other uses, and the stations using new digital channels more efficiently.
     
  17. Jan 1, 2008 #17 of 468
    bicker

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    The portion of the spectrum being resold is UHF channel 56 and higher.
     
  18. Jan 1, 2008 #18 of 468
    ZeoTiVo

    ZeoTiVo I can't explain

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    I will go with a tiVo HD and a digital OTA antenna and just skip the whole mess.
     
  19. Jan 1, 2008 #19 of 468
    magnus

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    For those of us with S2 Lifetime Tivos.... that's not an option.

     
  20. Jan 1, 2008 #20 of 468
    steve614

    steve614 what ru lookin at?

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    That's just what I did. :D

    However, I'd still like to be able to use my Lifetimed S2 until it dies completely.
     

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